TWiP: polymer clay by day, knitting by night

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I found out this week that my Bloglovin feed was broken. If you follow Polka Dot Cottage there, you haven’t seen a new post from me since May! That’s a lot of stuff you’ve missed. I hope if you’re a Bloglovin follower, you’ll come directly over to the blog and poke around for a while to see what has been happening for the last 7 months ☺

I’ve done a lot of making this week: polymer clay by day, knitting by night.

I’ve also spent most of this week in red nail polish, which is one of those silly things that always makes me happy πŸ’…πŸ»

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR

πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 331/366 – What is it about a Saturday afternoon that makes it virtually impossible for me to resist the lure of sneaking out for a peppermint mocha Frappuccino?

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: I decided it’s time to learn stranded colorwork. I also decided I need a neutral colored sweater in my closet. So I’m improvising a gray cardigan with #fairisle bands in the yoke. So far I’m finding it pretty awkward to hold two yarns at once, and I’m wishing there was more contrast between the light gray and the white, but I still think I’m really going to like this when it’s done 😊

365 πŸ“·: 2016 332/366 – The yarn came in this box, and now I’m just using it to store my sweater-in-progress. That’s what happens when you dive into a project so quickly that you don’t make time to look around the house for an empty project bag…

Instagram πŸ“±: I wish I could remember who I saw wearing the @target #knittingpajamas on Instagram yesterday, but whoever you are, you totally inspired a late evening shopping trip πŸ˜‰. Also, is there anything better than a Sunday with nothing to do but watch movies and knit? I’m making unbelievable progress on this sweater. My goal is to finish the tricky #fairisle part before I run out if weekend. It’s close.

Monday

Instagram πŸ“±: Amazing what you can accomplish in a weekend, if you barely do anything else πŸ˜‰. Now that it’s Monday, though, I have to actually work on some non-knitting goals. Booooo. As far as the rest of this sweater goes? It’s going to be pretty boring in comparison: just lots and lots of solid gray. I’m going to need plenty of good Netflix to get me through it 😊

365 πŸ“·: 2016 333/366 – This may be the last production run I have in me before I put away the clay table for a few months. All of this stuff is baked, but it still needs sanding: not exactly my favorite part of the job, but it has to be done!

Tuesday

Instagram πŸ“±: Sanding my #polymerclay work takes SO LONG. I’m on my third episode of Good Girls Revolt, and I’m only about halfway through. The end result is so worth it, though. I never used to sand my old pieces, and you can definitely tell the difference. #pdc BTW, only a few days left to place an order for custom work!

365 πŸ“·: 2016 334/366 – I finished all of pieces from yesterday. Now I need to photograph them and list them.

Instagram πŸ“±: Shop update! These snazzy pens are ready to go. They make great teacher gifts, and I offer a discount if you order 3 or more 😊 #pdc #pdcstickpens #shopsmall

Wednesday

Instagram πŸ“±: I’m dropping this custom-made set of crochet hooks in the mail today. If you’d like me to make you a hook or two, today is the LAST DAY to choose custom options! Hook size, hook brand, handle pattern, thumb rest or no: all up to you. πŸ’Ÿ #pdc

365 πŸ“·: 2016 335/366 – It’s been raining for a couple of days now. For some reason it feels like it’s been raining all week.

Thursday

365 πŸ“±: 2016 336/366 – I’m at TMC’s Boutique today for their Meet the Artists day. It’s pretty quiet here, but it’s giving me an opportunity to survey my display and figure out what items should be swapped out for something new. [Taken at TMC’s Boutique in New Providence, NJ.]

Friday

365 πŸ“±: 2016 337/366 – I love having a big bucket of clay-covered pens. I sold a handful to a friend this morning, and I think maybe I’ll make some replacements this weekend, since I never did put away the clay table. I’ll clean it up next week πŸ˜‰ [Taken at Biagio’s in Stirling, NJ.]

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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TWiP: Cranberries, Fire, and Coziness

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with a title for these TWiP posts. I look at my photos and I see nothing to unify them. That hasn’t been an issue this week. It’s been a cozy-feeling week, with fireplaces, family, and cranberries aplenty.

When last we spoke, we were embarking on our annual trek to Cherry Hill, NJ so Neil (and Aidan, to a lesser degree) could attend Philcon. I did all of my favorite South Jersey things on Saturday morning and afternoon, so when my brother invited us to a game night at my parents’ house that evening, the kids and I didn’t debate for long before deciding to leave Cherry Hill a dayΒ early and join them. We β™₯Β game nights! (And Neil had his own car with him, so we weren’t leaving him to Uber his way home or anything 😜)

This has been a pleasant week. And now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for me to transfer some of my massive Christmas music collection over to my car’s mp3 player. I shared a small fraction of that collection last year, if you would like to have a listen, too!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

365 πŸ“±: 2016 324/366 – The 13-year-old and I went to the Collingswood Farmer’s Market this morning. I got cranberries, so now I have to make bread with them this week ☺ [Taken in Collingswood, NJ.]

Instagram πŸ“±: Settling in for a cozy afternoon. I’ll probably drag one or both of the kids out for some window shopping in #haddonfieldnj later (we did #collingswoodnj this morning), but for now, the #pdcfamilyroomsquircleghan is getting a little love πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’™ [Taken at the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill.]

Instagram πŸ“±: Delicious and artistic peppermint mocha latte β˜• [Taken at Jersey Java in Haddonfield, NJ.]

Sunday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 325/366 – We don’t have any firewood. And I couldn’t light a fire anyway because I’m going out soon. But this makes a cozy enough substitute.

Monday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 326/366 – Yesterday’s candlescape reminded me to order firewood this morning. I thought I’d have to wait a few days, but they delivered it this afternoon! We didn’t waste any time lighting a fire. Because it’s cold outside and we β™₯ cozy.

Tuesday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 327/366 – My new printer displayed a warning that the ink was getting low, and then printed my page. Or half of it anyway. Uh, thanks for giving me such an early warning and plenty of time to buy replacement ink, Mr. Printer.

Wednesday

Instagram πŸ“±: I’ve been swatching lately, trying to come up with a new slip stitch colorwork design for a cardigan. Not quite there yet… #pdc

365 πŸ“·: 2016 328/366 – Farmer’s market cranberries, a clementine, and my snazzy wooden spoon. It’s baking time!

Instagram πŸ“±: Cranberry bread and The Crown.

Thursday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 329/366 – Nice, cozy Thanksgiving ☺ [Taken at my in-laws’ house.]

Friday

365 πŸ“±: 2016 330/366 – Hanging out in Mom’s kitchen, listening to Simon & Garfunkel, and making some chicken and rice. [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on FlickrΒ and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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TWiP: I’m supposed to be shopping right now

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

In a matter of minutes my kids will be home from school (I’m writing ahead of time on a Friday afternoon) and then we will hop in the car for a weekend away. This is a relatively local trip, but by the time we are ready to leave, traffic is building and the ride can end up twice as long. Ugh.

My plan was to run to the food store and pick up some snacks for the car and the hotel room, but I’ve been too busy fiddling with other things (including this blog post) and now we either have to skip the snacks or risk even worse traffic. Tough choice. I think we may risk the traffic, though. I can’t be in a car for 2 hours with 2 teenage boys and no snacks 😜

Ah. One kid has walked in the door. That’s one down, one more to go.

BTW, I can’t remember the last time that I took this few photos in a week!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram πŸ“±: Good Morning, Instagram β˜• I’m birthday gift knitting over breakfast. You?

365 πŸ“·: 2016 317/366 – I’ve stitched so many sweaters and blankets lately, I forget how nice it is to work on something that can be finished in a weekend! This is a glove in progress. I only started it last night and already it’s nearly done!

Sunday

365 πŸ“±: 2016 318/366 – Beautiful day. The kids wanted to go to the park, and I wanted to knit, so we are doing both ☺. I re-started the gloves I was working on. I decided the other pattern wasn’t going to work for what I had in mind.

Monday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 319/366 – Gloves finished! These are going to be a gift, but I had to try them on and give them a proper photo shoot, naturally ☺

Tuesday

Instagram πŸ“±: My Tea Leaves Cardigan: the fourth sweater I knit for myself, but the first I really loved πŸ’™πŸ’š. It doesn’t feel like it’s been five years since I knit this.

365 πŸ“±: 2016 320/366 – My dad had a little surgery, and I’m driving him home as soon as they let him go.

Wednesday

365 πŸ“±: 2016 321/366 – My dinner is waiting for me on the Panera take-out shelf, and I am waiting for the commuter train to pass.

Thursday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 322/366 – Every time I am between projects, or I lose interest in what I’m working on, I tackle another few squares of this blanket. I wonder if I will ever really hunker down on it, or if it will always just be done in dribs and drabs like this.

Instagram πŸ“±: Earl Grey tea, almond biscotti, candlelight, and mellow tunes. Sweet Thursday night πŸ’Ÿ

Friday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 323/366 – We’ve spent so many years following Neil to the local sci-fi conventions that I’ve got packing down to a science. Or, at the very least, I’ve got an excellent list of things to consider bringing ☺

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on FlickrΒ and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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Quiet Time 4

Quit Time 4, playlist by Lisa Clarke

Today I tore my hair out over a technical problem, and I made a new playlist. Those two things are not actually related at all πŸ˜‰

I do website consulting work, and one of the sites that I’ve maintained in the past suddenly looks all wonky. It looks like someone changed the WordPress theme, but I restored a theme backup from several months ago, and it is still messed-up! I’ve been through all of the admin options, and I don’t see what it could be.

Does anyone know why a site would suddenly lose much of its formatting, and add things (like an RSS subscription link, and a search box) that were never there before? It’s a head-scratcher for sure, and it’s making me crazy!

I think I need to relax with a nice calming cup of decaf and some almond biscotti, which brings me to…

Quiet Time 4!

I can’t seem to stop cranking out these peaceful little suckers πŸ˜‰

Quiet Time 4 from lclarke522 on 8tracks Radio.

I hope you like them, too!

Here are the previous 3, if you want more: 1, 2, 3

And seriously, if you know anything about WordPress (or Headway Themes) and my technical problem sounds familiar, please point me in the right direction πŸ™‚

TWiP: it’s been a week.

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I need to let the pictures speak for themselves this week. It’s Friday night as I write this, and I am late for a date with my 16-year-old, some knitting, and an episode of Scarecrow and Mrs. King ☺

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram πŸ“±: Good morning, Instagram β˜•πŸ’‹ [Taken at the Long Hill Library.]

365 πŸ“±: 2016 310/366 – Just a few hours into my first craft fair in 6 years, and I’ve already made more sales than I did at that last event all those years ago. [Taken at the Long Hill Library.]

Sunday

365 πŸ“±: 2016 311/366 – My family has been taking turns coming to hang out at my table. Today I have the pleasure of my 13-year-old’s company. [Taken at the Long Hill Library.]

Monday

Instagram πŸ“±: Good Morning Instagram β˜• I desperately need a day off. This is going to be that day 😊. First things first: coffee and almond biscotti for breakfast!

Instagram πŸ“±: Oh! And I think it’s a good time to start the sleeves on my Christmas #pdcportholepullover too. I’ve got 3 PBS dramas to catch up on, so there should be some nice #knitting progress today.

365 πŸ“·: 2016 312/366 – Well, my craft show is over, and I’m really pleased with how it went! I’m tired, though, and I really, really don’t want to clean up this mess…

Tuesday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 313/366 – My shiny shoes and I cast our vote today, and we feel really good about our choice.

Instagram πŸ“±: I finished my Christmas #pdcportholepullover and I love it! I added all of the optional shaping, so it fits nicely with my curves ❀ I don’t want to wait until Christmas to wear this… #pdc

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 314/366 – So, spoiler alert: there’s a surprise twist at the end of Election 2016. I give it two emphatic thumbs down. The sky here is dark and foreboding, and it kind of feels that way in my head right now, too. I needed to open a new bag of coffee this morning, so I’ve reached for the Bright Sky Blend in an effort to feel even a hint of optimism about everything that has transpired in the last 24 hours. I’ll let you know when it’s started to work.

Instagram πŸ“±: This afternoon I am grateful for the luxury of distractions: stripes in progress, corny TV, a new bottle of nail polish, and three cups of coffee.

Thursday

Instagram πŸ“±: It’s a beautiful day 😊

365 πŸ“·: 2016 315/366 – So the new Starbucks holiday cups are out. I’ve been staying away from the news for the last few days, so I don’t know if anyone is outraged about these yet πŸ˜‰

Friday

Instagram πŸ“±: The kids were in the mood to go out somewhere today, so I said, “how about clay shopping?” 😊 I’ve got two new color schemes in mind, and they are both going to feature pinks to some degree, since my current repertoire is so heavy on the blues and greens. #pdc #polymerclay #polyform #premosculpey

365 πŸ“·: 2016 316/366 – Hi. It’s time for me to pull supper out of my, er, I mean, time for me to prepare a lovingly-made meal for my family.

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on FlickrΒ and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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